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Tim Cook claiming he does’t know if the Apple Store makes a profit is the most brazen and unbelievable thing I’ve ever heard in a hearing.— Daniel Emery (@DemeryUK) May 21, 2021
The Judge is pressing Tim Cook now... *mini thread* all paraphrasing:— Patrick McGee (@PatrickMcGee_) May 21, 2021
You said you focus on users. I've seen evidence that lots of revenue comes from gamers. A v significant amount, right?
Cook agrees games are the majority of in-app purchase
I'm far more okay with a company of the size and scale of Snap paying Apple's 30% tax than small indies and people just getting their app off the ground. That's why the drop to 15% under $1 million was a good start. The anticompetitive arguments still exist without arguing %. https://t.co/eb01Bg3hZT— Steve Streza 🦠⛔ (@SteveStreza) May 21, 2021
I just spit out my coffee at this:— Geoffrey A. Fowler (@geoffreyfowler) May 21, 2021
Lawyer: What’s it like to try to switch from an iPhone to Android?
Tim Cook: "It’s gotten much easier."
I would love watch Tim try to move all his iPhone data to a Samsung phone!
I’ve lost whole days trying.https://t.co/axaP3r8jQS
A bit of courtroom drama this morning as Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stand in the Epic v Apple trial. Because Covid, the public can actually listen to it live. But if you just want to read the important updates, we'll be posting them live here. https://t.co/txkURim1Y4— Reed Albergotti (@ReedAlbergotti) May 21, 2021
This trial has had nothing like a Perry Mason Moment, but if you were a Hollywood director making a film on it you'd focus almost entirely on the last 90m and specifically the last 5m.— Patrick McGee (@PatrickMcGee_) May 21, 2021
Cook on the stand answering questions about App Store curation and approvals: “We’re not making a moral judgement on them, if that’s what you’re asking"— Stephen Nellis (@StephenNellis) May 21, 2021
Here are the App Store review guidelines, where the first rule is about "objectionable content" https://t.co/1sezhv5thj
This is a good example of a strategy credit since Snapchat makes money from ads not in-app purchases so it costs them nothing to suck up to Apple.— Dare Obasanjo (@Carnage4Life) May 21, 2021
Would be different if they were celebrating if Apple asked for 30% of ad revenue from iOS apps. https://t.co/DWUEqSkznS
Cook says he doesn't remember the exact number of dollars Google pays to be the default search engine on the iPhone and says he doesn't know if the DoJ estimate is correct. He also says he doesn't know why Google did the deal.— Stephen Nellis (@StephenNellis) May 21, 2021
"You would have to ask them what they pay for."
This is part of my problem in objectively considering arguments about various aspects of the App Store. As much as I complain about Apple, I wouldn’t have built a software business if it weren’t for the App Store. I’m genuinely grateful for that and don’t begrudge Apple the 30%. https://t.co/LVkkw9OoSk— David Barnard (@drbarnard) May 21, 2021
I suppose this boils down to Cook just not being as knowledgable about the App Store and all the nuance. Schiller was not only heavily involved since before the App Store even launched, but has been the Apple exec most engaged in every aspect of the App Store these past 13 years.— David Barnard (@drbarnard) May 21, 2021
After 3 hours on the stand with a small break📱#Apple CEO #TimCook flashes the peace sign ✌️ just like he did heading in!— Susan Li (@SusanLiTV) May 21, 2021
No smoking guns with some pointed back and forths with #Epic #fortnite lawyers
1st time on the witness stand in a courtroom for $aapl boss uneventful pic.twitter.com/TcnAUTkBwq
Imagine people arguing in 1998 that Microsoft deserves 30% of all software sales with zero alternatives allowed lmao— Ben Thompson (@benthompson) May 21, 2021
Tim Cook defended against accusations that Apple's an illegal monopoly, via its tight grip on apps & purchases in its App Store.— Shannon Bond (@shannonpareil) May 21, 2021
The judge sounded skeptical: "The lack of competition on the 30% [commission Apple charges] is something that is troubling."https://t.co/kZhMWyslvM
tim cook having to utter the words "I'm not a gamer" on record is why the epic v apple trial is good— Megan Farokhmanesh (@Megan_Nicolett) May 21, 2021
Overall a good day for Tim Cook. No real headlines that can be used against Apple in the future. The thing the press has latched on to is Judge YGR's pointed questioning, but only within the frame of "wow she's skeptical."— Pitts (@pitts_man) May 21, 2021
I would submit that YGR's last barrage was pretty dramatic. She clearly was skeptical that what Apple reaps from game developers is justified by what Apple provides or that it faces real competitive on either IAP rates or for attracting developers. https://t.co/YPQc7t6KTk— Stephen Nellis (@StephenNellis) May 21, 2021
Judge: ok but let's talk banking apps. I suspect other than the $99 annual fee you don't charge Wells Fargo -- correct, Cook says -- but you are charging gamers, who subsidise the banking apps, no?— Patrick McGee (@PatrickMcGee_) May 21, 2021
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